Reflections: Samba passion

I'm not a fan of gyms. Not at all. Running is ok but I get bored after awhile. I know there are a lot of people who enjoy gyms and have a passion for running. My utmost respect for those persons, however, I'm just not one of them. Whatever your passion is, embrace it!
 
So how do I get my fitness on?  The best way for me is dancing samba. Not zumba but samba-- the traditional, colorful dance born in Brazil.  I enjoy samba and Brazilian culture so much that I listen to Brazilian music constantly -- in my car, at work, at home. My love for Brazilian culture and samba is almost a borderline addiction. I even love the colors of the Brazilian flag -- blue, yellow and green. I'm not Brazilian, nor have I ever been to Brazil, although visiting Brazil is most certainly a dream of mine.
 
My love for samba has turned into a commitment to myself, but it's one that I don't mind dedicating time and energy to at all. I study the lyrics of songs and I look up the words that I don't understand. I like to feel and understand the music.  My body wants to move in different ways when I hear batucadas. I feel the instinct to move and express myself through the movement of samba. The energy surrounding a group of persons who are dancing samba is electric and contagious!
 
The benefits of dancing samba are many. It's high-energy cardio and it's a great way to release stress or any tension that you may be holding on to. For me, it's been a win-win situation all together.  The music is amazing to me. What I did before discovering my love and passion for samba, I have no idea. I must have been stressed all the time.
 
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found a place that embraces samba dance and Brazilian culture -- United Dance Academy, located in Dallas. That's where my love for samba began.  Lidumar Plazola is the owner and both, she and her brother Ermesto Plazola teach samba.  UDA is an environment where culture and dance are met with open arms. Lots of happy, positive people there, which is exactly the kind of place where I like to be. To some it's a dance studio but I see it more like a sanctuary.
 
If samba is not your passion, that's ok but I do I encourage you to try something new. It just may turn into a passion for you. For me, it was samba but for you it could be something else. Let your spirit come alive and love your life. While we are all here, we might as well make the best out of it. Viva la vida!
 
 
So how do I get my fitness on?  The best way for me is dancing samba. Not zumba but samba-- the traditional, colorful dance born in Brazil.  I enjoy samba and Brazilian culture so much that I listen to Brazilian music constantly -- in my car, at work, at home. My love for Brazilian culture and samba is almost a borderline addiction. I even love the colors of the Brazilian flag -- blue, yellow and green. I'm not Brazilian, nor have I ever been to Brazil, although visiting Brazil is most certainly a dream of mine.
 
My love for samba has turned into a commitment to myself, but it's one that I don't mind dedicating time and energy to at all. I study the lyrics of songs and I look up the words that I don't understand. I like to feel and understand the music.  My body wants to move in different ways when I hear batucadas. I feel the instinct to move and express myself through the movement of samba. The energy surrounding a group of persons who are dancing samba is electric and contagious!
 
The benefits of dancing samba are many. It's high-energy cardio and it's a great way to release stress or any tension that you may be holding on to. For me, it's been a win-win situation all together.  The music is amazing to me. What I did before discovering my love and passion for samba, I have no idea. I must have been stressed all the time.
 
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found a place that embraces samba dance and Brazilian culture -- United Dance Academy, located in Dallas. That's where my love for samba began.  Lidumar Plazola is the owner and both, she and her brother Ermesto Plazola teach samba.  UDA is an environment where culture and dance are met with open arms. Lots of happy, positive people there, which is exactly the kind of place where I like to be. To some it's a dance studio but I see it more like a sanctuary.
 
If samba is not your passion, that's ok but I do I encourage you to try something new. It just may turn into a passion for you. For me, it was samba but for you it could be something else. Let your spirit come alive and love your life. While we are all here, we might as well make the best out of it. Viva la vida!